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Barra, Essau Hard-hit By Flood

Sep 11, 2009, 7:58 AM | Article By: Abdourahman Sallah

The villages of Barra and Essau in the North Bank Region were on Wednesday night hard-hit by floods, destroying over 45 compounds.

According to Alhagie Kenbugul Faye, the Alkalo of Barra, the floods had made over hundred people homeless, destroying material worth of over D250, 000.

One Momodou Saidou Jallow, a shopkeeper reported that his shop was penetrated by the flood resulting in incalculable lost of items.

He added that some of his family members have developed skin disease, attributing it to the floods.

Adama Mboge, also a victim, said she has nowhere to go with her family of 10, adding that all her personal effects had gone missing because of the flood.

This follows Wednesday's morning heavy down pour, which virtually took many by surprise in the Greater Banjul Area, leaving the streets of Banjul and the Kanifing Municipality flooded, forcing many to be stranded.

Recent floods have gripped most countries in the sub-region, notably Burkina Faso, where it was reported that it had shut down the country's main hospital. To date, there have been seven reported deaths and more than 100, 000 people being made homeless in that country.